GET OUT: Catch the Leprechaun 5K kicks off St. Paddy's events
A river of green will flow under the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge this evening as hundreds of green-clad runners and walkers participate in the third Catch the Leprechaun 5K held at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park.
The event is quickly becoming a St. Patrick's Day tradition in Charleston as organizers have settled on the Thursday, often the unofficial start of the weekend, before the holiday as its official day.
Catch the Leprechaun is as much a St. Patrick's pre-party as it is a run, with bands Na Fidleiri and A Fragile Tomorrow scheduled to perform, corned beef sandwiches, hot dogs and beer.
Co-race director Larry Schrecker said that while the event was capped at 1,200, with the intent to limit it to 1,000, he anticipates people still will be able to register for it today. About 600 had signed up as of a week ago.
The cost to participate is $30. Proceeds benefits Pattison's Academy.
Late registration and packet pickup will be held 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. today at On the Run, 920-A9 Houston Northcutt Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. Registration and packet pickup continues 4-6 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park.
The race will be held rain or shine. It will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and kick off with bagpipers on parade.
Wear green and/or goofy Irish attire.
Shamrock SUP Race
The first Shamrock SUP (stand-up paddeboard) Race to benefit Pet Helpers and the Emerson Rose Heart Foundation will be 9 a.m.-noon Saturday on the Folly River.
"The theme is go green, think green, act green and wear green in the spirit of St. Paddy's Day," said Jon Ory of Charleston SUP Safaris, the organizer of the event.
Races include a 10K elite race starting at 9 a.m., a 5K recreational race at 9:05 a.m., a kids' race at 10:45 a.m. and a dog race at 11 a.m.
Daniel Island 5K
The 13th annual Daniel Island 5K, benefiting the running programs at Bishop England High School, will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at the school.
The early registration fee is $25 with a T-shirt, $20 without. In-person registration will be 7:30-8:30 a.m. Saturday, and fees will be bumped up $5 each.